Ohio State Route 216
|Maintained by ODOT|
|Length:||6.56 mi (10.56 km)|
|Existed:||1924 – present|
|South end:||SR 78 in Murray City|
|North end:||SR 93 in New Straitsville|
State Route 216 (SR 216, OH 216) is a north–south state highway in the southeastern quadrant of the U.S. state of Ohio. The southern terminus of State Route 216 is at a three-way stop T-intersection with State Route 78 in Murray City. State Route 216's northern terminus is also at a three-way stop T-intersection, this time with State Route 93 in New Straitsville.
Established in the mid-1920s, State Route 216 traverses heavily wooded terrain as it connects the villages of Murray City and New Straitsville. When it first appeared, State Route 216 extended south to Nelsonville and north and east to Shawnee and Corning.
The state highway begins at a three-way stop T-intersection with State Route 78 in the village of Murray City, just west of the Hocking-Athens County Line. Known as Locust Street, State Route 216 runs northerly a short distance through a residential area before departing the village, and entering into rural Ward Township. The highway travels through a predominantly forested landscape, passing the occasional house along the way. The highway heads northerly out of Murray City, then starts to bend to the northwest as it passes successive intersections with Township Road 21 and Spencer Hollow Road. Weaving its way in a northwesterly fashion through the woods, State Route 216 crosses into Perry County.
Entering into Coal Township, the highway bends to the north as it meets Township Road 434, then curves to the west prior to meeting Township Road 437 and entering New Straitsville. Turning to the northwest inside of the village limits, State Route 216, which is also known as Main Street, passes a blend of woods and homes. After meeting Newark Street, the route enters a more solidly residential vicinity. The highway arrives at its junction with State Route 595, a T-intersection that marks the intersecting state highway's northern terminus. Less than two blocks to the northwest of intersecting State Route 595, after entering the downtown of the village, State Route 216 comes to an end as it meets State Route 93.
Created in 1924, State Route 216 originally consisted of the following current routes: State Route 78 from Nelsonville north to Murray City; the entirety of today's State Route 216 from Murray City northwest to New Straitsville; an overlap of State Route 93 (formerly State Route 75) from New Straitsville north to Shawnee; and State Route 155 from Shawnee east to Corning.
The route was first trimmed in 1927, when the route was truncated on the north side to end at then State Route 75 (current State Route 93) in New Straitsville. The portion that overlapped State Route 75 from New Straitsville to Shawnee became just State Route 75, while the part from Shawnee to Corning was assigned the designation of State Route 155. Then, in 1971, State Route 216 took on its current form when the south end of the highway was moved from Nelsonville to Murray City, as an extension of State Route 78 replaced State Route 216 between those two cities.
||Murray City||0.00||0.00||SR 78||Southern terminus at three-way stop T-intersection.|
||New Straitsville||6.44||10.36||SR 595||T-intersection marking northern terminus of SR 595.|
|6.56||10.56||SR 93||Northern terminus at three-way stop T-intersection.|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Ohio Department of Transportation. "Technical Services Straight Line Diagrams". Retrieved 2010-10-27.
- Federal Highway Administration (December 2003) (PDF). National Highway System: Ohio (Map). http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/nhs/maps/oh/oh_Ohio.pdf. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
- Yahoo! Inc. Yahoo! Maps – Overview Map of State Route 216 (Map). Cartography by Navteq. http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=h&lat=39.546781&lon=-82.22577&zoom=13&q1=39.513109%2C-82.164337&q2=39.577814%2C-82.237099. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
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- Ohio Department of Transportation (1927). Ohio State Map (Map).
- Ohio Department of Transportation (1969). Ohio State Map (Map).
- Ohio Department of Transportation (1971). Ohio State Map (Map).